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When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
|Studio :||Current Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra / Affinity,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Construction Coordinator,|
|Cast :||Jason Statham Jason Alexander Stanley Tucci Max Casella Anne Heche|
|Genre :||Drama Thriller Crime|
Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
I don't know how "good" this movie is, but I found it interesting because I felt it was different. At first glance, I thought this was going to be one of those hard to follow Las Vegas action movies like "Smokin' Aces" (2006). It turns out the plot of this movie is really quite simple, and the movie is almost more of a character study which is unusual for an action movie of this type. Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a bodyguard and recovering gambling addict living in Las Vegas, Nevada. His dream is to one day be wealthy enough to leave Las Vegas and sail the Mediterranean. The movie focuses on two main stories. One: Nick helps to avenge a rape victim, and two: he is hired as a bodyguard by a scrappy self made millionaire during his stay in Vegas. The movie is about Nick struggling to achieve his dream, while fighting the demons of his addiction. It also has some elements of the Aesop fable "The Mouse and the Lion." Jason Statham keeps a heavy English accent for this character, although there is no explanation as to how the character ended up from Britain to Las Vegas. What I found odd was that the most prominent songs in the soundtrack are Christmas songs. Although there are several other songs, "Blue Christmas" by Dean Martin and "White Christmas" by The Drifters are played loudly and in entirety. They are just not the types of songs one would expect to be in the background of the scenes in this movie. I think the reason the film has received negative reviews is because one goes into this movie looking for a Vegas action movie, and they get a character study which are movies that many people find boring—particularly someone looking for a movie like "21" (2008). I thought it was good storytelling.
Great action sequences and a good performance by Statham, but the story line leaves a lot to be desired. In a day and age when 2+ hour long movies are the norm, this one deserved at least that extra 30 minutes. Just when the character development for Nick finally arrives at a point that generates audience sympathy, one final action sequence occurs and the end credits roll. I expected Statham to have to turn around and rescue the girl or his new friend and was rather surprised when the credits rolled. The ending leaves a lot of plot holes, such as Cyrus giving Nick a check, which obviously can be traced back to Cyrus. The hotel housekeeper mentions that the antagonist is the heir of a rich Italian family, so wouldn't they go after Cyrus for revenge?In short, this could have been much better than it was. The writer should have extended the story just a tad bit longer.
In WILD CARD, Jason Statham plays Nick Wild, a hard drinking bodyguard with a gambling problem who is trying to leave Las Vegas. He gets hired to help a nerdy kid named Cyrus to overcome his fear of living, while being asked to extract revenge on three connected thugs who beat up his ex girlfriend. If this plot description sounds convoluted and hard to follow, it's because it is. There is little to cheer for here, from the one dimensional thugs to the battered ex girlfriend. Even the presence of Sofia Vergara and Jason Alexander at the beginning of the film were useless, and seemed more likely as a scheme to try to sell more tickets and/or give those actors an easy paycheck.The one saving grace in the movie was Stanley Tucci's portrayal as a Steve Wynn type casino owner who clearly has the power to kill any enemy, but remains noticeably calm because he doesn't have to raise his voice to anyone. Other than that, this movie isn't worth watching.
For anyone who likes Jason Statham, this is a must see. Nothing really new here, but what Statham does - he does well. As long as the story/plot doesn't suck horribly in the movies he does, he always delivers.It's amazing just how many movies this guy does - and consistently provides a performance that's pleasing. Not in a Richard Burton kind of way, but in a "Jason Statham" kind of way. He's unique in a genre that's "been there and done that". That's saying a lot! Simply put - Statham is fun to watch for a couple hours. Anybody who appreciates his films are not looking for a deeper understanding of life. They want action, revenge - and a great story that includes both! Beyond all the usual elements present in a Statham movie, this movie has a couple nice twists that had a bit of color to the overall story. These twists help make it that much more enjoyable. And what's interesting is that these twists (one being the kooky millionaire kid) would really seem stupid if done with anybody but Statham. The guy just oozes COOL.If you like Jason Statham you'll enjoy this movie. He delivers on all cylinders - and there's a nice back-story to accompany. Well worth the 100 minutes or so of film.